With a new set of Sparco wheels.
Lost in the commotion of automakers announcing their end-of-year sales for 2020, the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback and 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan were just revealed for the United States market. These cars were first teased back in 2019 and later revealed for global markets. Mitsubishi is finally ready to sell them stateside, and there is a lot to like about the redesigned Mirage.
Both the sedan and hatchback receive revised front and rear exterior styling for 2021, drastically improving their curb appeal. The front incorporates Mitsubishi's new Dynamic Shield grille design while the rear gets a standard L-shaped horizontal LED combination. White Diamond and Sand Yellow (hatch only) join the color palette and best of all, there is a new Carbonite Edition (CE) that gives both models a sportier appearance. Someone at Mitsubishi is clearly a Star Wars fan.
The Carbonite Edition (CE) adds a revised front grille, air dam, side air dam, b-pillar decal, and rear air dam with carbon-pattern surfaces and red accents. Though Mitsubishi's press release doesn't specifically mention them, the CE cars also come fitted with awesome Sparco wheels finished in either silver or black. This new Mirage looks far sportier than before, but it's still pretty underpowered with a carryover 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine producing only 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque.
On the plus side of being among the least powerful cars sold in the US, the Mirage generates stellar fuel economy. With ratings of 36/43/39 city/highway/combined mpg when equipped with the optional continuously variable transmission, the Mirage is the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered non-hybrid vehicle available in the US. If a CVT isn't your speed, a five-speed manual is also available.
The interior sees improvements, too, with a new seven-inch Smartphone Link Display Audio System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard on every model. Mitsubishi also updated the ES trim with redesigned front armrests, new soft-touch cloth, and a sporty carbon fiber effect on the window switch trim. All Mirage trims now come with forward collision mitigation and pedestrian detection, while lane departure warning and automatic high beams are available on the top SE trim.
Pricing for the base Mirage ES with the manual transmission starts at $14,295, making it more expensive than the Chevrolet Spark, the cheapest car in the US. Adding the CVT pushes the price to $15,595, while the LE trim costs $16,220 with a CVT as standard. The sporty Carbonite Edition costs $16,995, while the top SE is priced at $17,445.
The Mirage G4 sedan is more expensive than the hatchback, starting at $15,295 for the ES with a manual or $16,595 with the CVT. Stepping up to the LE costs $17,220, while the sporty Carbonite Edition is $17,995. The Mirage G4 SE is the most expensive model in the lineup, still retaining a fairly low $18,195 starting price.